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Lady Chargers need late run to turn back Fairdale

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Softball

By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON – The Bullitt East Lady Chargers had another undefeated week, but it didn’t come without some scary moments as the red and gold struggled last Tuesday in a 24th District game against Fairdale.

In fact, Bullitt East trailed the Lady Bulldogs 2-1 after the top of the fifth inning and the Lady Chargers didn’t secure the win until a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave them a 5-4 victory.

Fairdale did not have a win in district play this season, but they gave Bullitt East all they could handle.

“We had a lot of running errors,” Bullitt East head coach Ricky Hoffman said. “We pulled a lot of balls foul and their third baseman made three real nice plays and their shortstop turned two double plays.”

Bullitt East ended up leaving 11 runners on base.

The Lady Chargers had a single run in the bottom of the first inning and that lead held until Fairdale scored twice in the top of the fifth. Bullitt East answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame only to have Fairdale score twice in the sixth. That score held until the ninth inning.

The ninth inning started with an out, but then Rachel Simms and Kristen Price each singled and the bases were loaded when Morgan Raymer singled. After a second out, Bre Hare, who had entered the game in the sixth inning, singled to end the game.

Senior Jamie Lutes was the starting pitcher for Bullitt East and she worked into the sixth inning. Hoffman then brought in sophomore Morgan Raymer who had not pitched in over two weeks because of a sprained ankle. She got the win as she did not allow a hit over three and two-thirds innings of work with five strikeouts and no walks.

Bullitt East had a lot of offensive chances as they had ten hits while also walking nine times. Both Taylor Price and Kayla Raymer had doubles in the win.

On Thursday, Bullitt East had an easier time of things as they beat visiting Anderson County 10-0 in a game that went only five innings.

Lutes was the starting pitcher and worked four innings to get the win. Anderson County had only three hits, but Lutes did walk four. Morgan Raymer came in and worked the fifth inning, giving up one hit, but facing only three batters.

Bullitt East countered with 12 hits with seven of those hits going for extra bases. Kaylee McClure had a home run in the win while Taylor Price had a pair of triples. Kristen Price had two doubles while Kayla Raymer, Jessica Hanna and Nikki Hinkley each had a double. Kayla Raymer finished with two hits.

Hoffman was also happy to see his team hit three sacrifice flys in the win.

“That is something we have not been doing,” the coach said.

The action last week left Bullitt East with a 19-6 overall. The red and gold are 16-3 since the first week of the season.

Early this week Bullitt East played North Bullitt and top-10 power Mercy. They will also play at Martha Layne Collins on Thursday before taking the weekend off for the prom.